Great grand bigs are the martinis in your pledge family. They are sophisticated, mature, yet still know how to have fun. And just like martinis, ggbigs are totally underrated. While some girls go straight for the vodka (AKA the bigs of the alcohol world), we need to stop and take note of what we are missing out on. Great grand-bigs have been around the block a few times, so make sure you take advantage of their wisdom. And their old t-shirts, of course.
1. She’s old, but in a good way.
If you’re a freshman, your ggbig is most likely a senior. If you’re a senior, then your ggbig is… well, pretty damn old. But of course, ggbigs are just like wine — they get better with age.
2. She knows all the classes to take and which to avoid.
Because your great grand big is either graduating soon or already entered the real world, she knows which classes to take to make sure your GPA doesn’t tank. Let her plan your schedule and you are guaranteed to sail through the semester with a mojito in hand. If you are a senior and denying your impending doom, turn to your great grand big to see if she has heard of any job offers. Besides becoming a stripper, of course.
3. She gives the best life advice.
Threw up at formal? Broke up with your long-term boyfriend? Sold your soul to your favorite fraternity? No need to worry, because your great grand-big has been there. She can give the best life advice, because yes, even she has broken a frat bathroom and contracted an obscure STD at some point. And who knows? She may even have some leftover antibiotics to pass down the lineage.
4. She has a car, a real ID, and her own apartment.
I know that in the little bubble of college, it’s hard to remember that a real world exists. Enter: ggbig. Whether she is a senior or older, chances are she’ll have a car and her own apartment. Better yet, she’s guaranteed to have a real ID because, well, she’s old. So if your fam is absurdly young like mine is, your ggbig will become the family alcohol mule. Just be ready to repay the favor when you become the matriarch. Bonus: she is the only person in your family responsible enough to have a dog, so take advantage of that fact and get a family mascot.
5. She’ll be the first to get married.
Another amazing (read: terrifying) thing that comes with age is marriage. Luckily, getting hitched is usually pretty damn fun for everyone who isn’t actually involved in the nuptials. Free alcohol, amazing photos, and cake? You better be hoping that ggbig is rushing down the aisle.
6. She has so much sorority apparel that she just has to give away.
At the end of big-little week, littles across the country emerged from their rooms after being buried under piles of t-shirts. Some articles of clothing were borderline prehistoric, all thanks to the loyal ggbigs. But remember, they aren’t old, they’re vintage. The tees, I mean.
They say that to know where you are going, you have to know where you come from. And in the case of pledge fams, I think I just might have to agree..